Will VW lead the plug-in hybrid pack in the future? The company seems to be giving it a go with the establishment of a donated Chair for Applied Material Sciences for Energy Storage and Energy Conversion at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. The professorship will commence next year and will focus on batteries for hybrid vehicles, specifically lithium-ion batteries. As always, improved performance and reduced costs are the goal. Degussa AG, Chemetall GmbH and Volkswagen AG have funded the professorship for five years. Chemetall already supplies high-end lithium compounds and Degussa manufactures electrodes and separators as battery components.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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